Dead­line loom­ing for land ex­pro­pri­a­tion re­port

Cape Times - - NATION - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI | Siyabonga Mkhwanazi@inl.co.za

THE Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mit­tee has in­sisted it wants to fi­nalise the re­port on the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion by the end of next month.

Co-chair­per­son of the com­mit­tee Lewis Nz­i­mande said yes­ter­day there will be no fur­ther ex­ten­sions on the dead­line to con­clude the re­port.

This was af­ter the com­mit­tee asked Par­lia­ment to ex­tend the dead­line from the end of Septem­ber to the end of Novem­ber to fi­nalise the process.

The com­mit­tee has been deal­ing with the mat­ter since July when it con­ducted the first round of pub­lic hear­ings across the coun­try.

Nz­i­mande said they had al­ready missed the dead­line of last month, and they need to fi­nalise the process next month.

He said the process to be fol­lowed was that by mid-Novem­ber the com­mit­tee must adopt the re­port be­fore send­ing it to the House for ap­proval.

“On Novem­ber 26 or 28 we will have a de­bate and adopt the re­port. We will have to con­clude this, no more ex­ten­sions. We will con­clude this by the end of Novem­ber,” said Nz­i­mande.

The com­mit­tee is to re­ceive more oral sub­mis­sions when it re­con­venes soon. The ANC has been push­ing for the con­clu­sion of the process.

Nz­i­mande said they could not af­ford to lose time, and would have to con­clude the re­port.

The com­mit­tee has been split on the writ­ten sub­mis­sions by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

This was af­ter a re­port ini­tially found that 89 000 of the peo­ple did not want ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion. This was against the 60 000 peo­ple who were in favour of an amend­ment of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

This re­port was chal­lenged by the EFF that de­manded that the com­pany hired by Par­lia­ment to com­pile the re­port come and present it.

The com­pany was chas­tised in the na­tional leg­is­la­ture a few weeks ago when MPs ques­tioned the cred­i­bil­ity of the re­port and the di­rec­tors of the com­pany.

MPs then de­manded that se­nior of­fi­cials from Par­lia­ment must come and present to the com­mit­tee.

There were more than 700 000 writ­ten sub­mis­sions tabled in Par­lia­ment.

The com­pany hired to com­pile a re­port on the sub­mis­sions had only gone through 149 000 writ­ten sub­mis­sions.

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